No, not being fat. That’s really not fun at all though many of us pretend it is or pretend it doesn’t matter. But eating fat to lose fat is fun, according to a lovely clip a friend sent me from an American TV show. I’ve no idea what the show is but it looks like fun.
The guy interviewed explains how eating fat and protein is much better for you than eating carbs. Says grain wise we don’t actually need to eat carbs at all! He eats fruit and veg and gets carbs from them, ie natural sugars and starch. But bread, pasta, rice and potatoes, no!
Body doesn’t need carbs
According to this lovely man our body doesn’t need carbs. It’ll make them for us. It needs protein and fat. But carbs it can do without. Also we really don’t need to drink as much water as we’ve frequently been told. Drink water if you’re thirsty. If you’re not, don’t. The body is a miraculous machine that’ll regulate itself just fine if you let it. Let it tell you when you need some fluids. Not some arbitrarily decided amount – decided usually by a marketing firm trying to sell you bottled water! There’s more profit on bottled water in supermarkets than alcohol I once read. Yes I find that hard to believe too!
Five-a-day just marketing mantra
And while we’re taking a poke at the marketing industry let’s demolish the five-a-day thing too. You do not need to eat five pieces of fruit or vegetable a day. That advice didn’t emanate with science. It came from marketing people doing, guess what? Yup. To try and sell you more fruit.
Now fruit is delicious. It’s a natural source of all sorts. But eating too much and especially drinking fruit juice which, they say, can count towards your five a day will have exactly the same effect on your blood sugar and insulin production as eating chocolate! So why not have chocolate every now and then instead? I’ll bet if you’re on a diet you’ll automatically try and restrict the amount of chocolate you eat anyway. So ever likely you’ll get less calories from chocolate than fruit!
High fibre fanaticism
Like many people of my age, I went for the high fibre mantra in the 80s. While doing lots of aerobic exercise. I gained weight. Eating high fibre foods didn’t by itself make me healthier nor slimmer. Trouble with so-called “health” foods is that they tend to be full of sugar and because you think they’re healthy, well, you eat more of them!
High protein feels fuller
Now I’ve switched to high protein instead I find I feel far fuller than I ever did eating high fibre. Protein keeps you going longer. Simple as. And if you have a busy day and can find the time to do a quick cooked breakfast with just protein and fat, you’ll last a lot longer before needing to eat again. Kills the 11am snack attack.
This morning for my breakfast I had a one-egg ham omelette served with mushrooms and tomatoes cooked in butter and Dijon mustard with a splash of salt. Utterly delicious. Two hours after I ate it, I’m still after glowing from it.
Have a great Friday and a fabulous weekend.